Bradley Beach students complete DARE program

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BRADLEY BEACH — Fifth-graders from Bradley Beach Elementary School [BBES] were awarded their Drug Abuse Resistance Education [DARE] certificates at a June 1 ceremony.

The 30 students completed the 10-week program which focused on drug, alcohol and violence awareness and prevention.

“They were a fantastic class,” said Bradley Beach Police Detective Josephine Celauro, the DARE instructor. “They had a lot of questions and I had a lot of answers.”

The course the fifth-graders completed first focuses on identifying social pressures that can urge children to experiment with drugs and alcohol along with acts of violence.

The students learn about those pressures and how to stand up and say no them. The students learn through model decision making in particular situations. Det. Celauro tries to have the students recognize the consequences of those behaviors.

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